Talking Points for Children’s Yoga

I used these in some recent radio and TV interviews and thought I’d pass them on since those of us who are bringing yoga in schools and other institutions can use all the help we can get!

Check out this great radio interview I did recently with KISS 104 FM in Atlanta GA

Talking Points

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What is the problem in the schools?

  1. Not enough physical activity,
  2. cutting phys ed programs, recess.
  3. Fast-paced society creates stress, pressure, inability to relax or calm

How does yoga address it?

  1. stretching muscles  RELIEF FROM SITTING
  2. relaxation through exercise and breathing CALM
  3. brain exercise breaks, ex. cross-lateral movements FOCUS
  4. GET BRAIN AND BODY MOVINGimages-2

Why should they do it?

  1. Calm down, relax
  2. Self-regulation: learn new ways of modulating their energy levels and ability to focus
  3. give self-confidence, self-connection
  4. feel positive!

How does it work?

  1. Practice in proper breathing, brings in more oxygen and energy to body
  2. Practice in moving body or stretching body releases tension from muscles and sends a message to brain to release relaxing hormones, like serotonin (manufactured in drugs for ADHD, for example)

Quote from current study of yoga in schools sponsored by Kripalu Center in Lennox MA in conjunction with Harvard Medical school:

Initial results suggest that after only one semester, yoga prevents increases in stress, anxiety, and other negative mood states compared with students taking regular physical education class. The yoga students also showed improvements in stress-coping skills such as resilience, relative to controls.

About the Author:

Shakta is an AMS certified Montessori teacher, and the author of five well-known Yoga books, CDs and DVDs. Her latest book, The Yoga Way to Radiance: How to Follow Your Inner Guidance and Nurture Children to do the Same, is scheduled for release in summer of 2016, (Llewellyn Worldwide)
 
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7 Comments

  1. Beverly J. Harvey February 20, 2013 at 4:13 am - Reply

    Offering yoga to childen in schools is such a great idea. Not only does it get them moving, but I believe it will enhance their learning,too. More so than with just regular exercise.

  2. childlightyoga February 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Thank you Shakta – will share. Great piece on the news!!

    Lisa

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  3. Erin Finney February 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    This is so helpful. Thank you. Erin Finney

  4. mbquick February 21, 2013 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Awesome Shakta!!! I love this radio interview. I am listening to it right now and will post to my Facebook page.

    peace, love, joy…..breathe

    Mary Beth 571-225-2851

    mbquick@heartandsoulyogava.com http://www.heartandsoulyogava.com

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  5. sweetpeayoga March 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on sweetpeayoga and commented:
    This is a nice bite on why Yoga in schools can be helpful for children – thanks to radiant child yoga

  6. Be Yoga Be Love March 19, 2013 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Thank you for such awesome talking points! They will surely come in handy when speaking to school Directors. I am a huge fan of your work and have been using your book and CD in my classes for years! xo Betty

    • radiantchildyoga March 20, 2013 at 11:21 pm - Reply

      I would love to meet you at one of my trainings/workshops, Betty. Let’s project that it will happen! blessings….

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